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Colletta di Castelbianco: A Medieval Village With Internet in Liguria

Coletta MontagejpgPhotos Erica Berman (The garden of our rental & the common pool)

For some happy reason no one — except the Italians and a few others in the know — has heard of Liguria aside from well-known towns Portofino and Cinque Terre. It is for this exact reason that I have come to adore this small crescent-shaped region of Italy.

Colletta di CastelBianco

I love to be away from mass tourism and well-known places, and the ocean, hills, clement climate, amazing food and lovely people most certainly heighten the appeal of this wonderful area. For my week of vacation from studying Italian in Genoa (my favorite Italian city, also located in Liguria) I rooted up the perfect apartment in the medieval village of Colletta di CastelBianco.

Colletta window detail

Left to abandon for many years, an Italian developer picked up this empty, decaying hilltop spot and turned it into a sweet little village with 70 small apartments (about 25 of which are available for rent), a pool, a restaurant and lots of lovely outdoor space.

What is even more interesting, aside from the fact that the village is a haven of peace and tranquility despite it being mid- July and supposedly high tourist season, is that the entire village is equipped with broadband internet and all the flats are wired with wifi or ethernet cables.

Castelbianco sign
Colletta View

The location could not be better for hanging by the pool, exploring hilltop towns or being a beach bum at any of the number of easily accessible beaches a short drive away. My personal favorites are Final Ligure and Varigotti.

Colletta Pool

For reservations in the village you can contact the lovely Alexandra on the site below and let her know HiP Paris sent you!

Colletta village

Written by Erica Berman for the HiP Paris Blog. For our amazing rentals in Paris, Provence & Tuscany check out our website Haven in Paris.

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Written by Erica Berman

Erica BermanErica Berman grew up in Lexington,Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica came to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she never left. Erica is the founder and owner of Haven in Paris and the blog HiP Paris. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre), Maine (Damariscotta), Massachusetts (Lexington) and Italy (Genova). In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris, read, take photos, cook, ski, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends.

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Posted in Italy tips & suggestions, Travel | 13 Comments »

13 Responses to “Colletta di Castelbianco: A Medieval Village With Internet in Liguria”

  • [...] have our plan narrowed down to two weeks in the mountains at Colletta di CastelBianco. I bookmarked this post Erica did last year and it looks secluded and beautiful. Then two weeks on the coast in Vernazza. [...]

  • Roger Burgin says:

    Hello again,

    I’ve noted your beach suggestions although as it’s 12C in Munich at the moment I can’t imagine being on the beach next week.
    Do you have any recommendations for local restaurants?

    Thanks Roger.

  • Hi Roger. I am very jealous. Enjoy Castelbianco for me. I hope to return soon. Erica

  • Roger Burgin says:

    Hello,
    Just stumbled across this website whilst preparing to return to Castelbianco this coming Saturday. It is a super place and I am looking forward to next week.
    Roger

  • [...] casa’s name — house in the sun — we thought. But after stumbling upon photos of Colleta di Castelbianco in Liguria and La Batiste de Marie in Provence, there was little doubt that cornflower blue, with [...]

  • Looks like the perfect place for a honeymoon-Beautiful and secluded!

  • amy jo says:

    my family and i were recently in the piedmont area and stayed in another italian remote area. its undiscovered and very quiet. la villa hotel in mombaruzzo. you all would love it too.

  • Ashley says:

    Wow! Beautiful pictures- this has definitely convinced me to make a stop at Liguria the next time I’m in Italy. Especially love the view from the pool! Ashley, Travel Onion

  • Hi Anne. Thanks for your comments. I would love to get back there in the off season. We wanted to go hiking, but it was just too hot. Nevertheless, it was amazing how few people were there even in the middle of July! Did you get to try the Bar des Sports for lunch or dinner? It is just down the hill and it was so yummy, and so cheap! Jill and Lindsey, you definitely need to check it out. – Erica

  • This place looks amazing – I would love to visit one day. Love places that are less touristy. Going to keep this info saved in my travel files! Thanks for sharing!

  • anne says:

    Hello Erica .. I just found the link to you on Facebook …. by Liguria Beautiful Travel.

    I can actually agree with you about this stunning place. We went to Coletta Castelbianca in November 2008 for 10 whole days, it was absolutely charming, and we loved it. There might of been a few others staying maybe two others, and the people that live there, that is all. It was bliss. We met the the charming and lovely Alexandra, had two fab meals in the restaurant, it was like having our own chef, as we were the only ones in there. We went along the coast visiting all the small towns ..

    I chose it myself and my husband said fine. We arrived on a very dark and wet November evening and I wondered what I had booked, but when we woke in the morning, the views either way were fab,

  • Lindsey says:

    Looks breathtaking, I would LOVE to spend a week in the calm of Italy (by a pool of course)!

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